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About ESS

Earth System Science is the study of the world’s air, water, land, and life as an integrated system.  As scientists, we unite basic and purpose-driven research to chronicle how the Earth functions, the many ways it is changing, and what the consequences of changes will be for people and other species.  We believe that science can improve the world by enabling us to understand, predict, and solve the pressing issues of global environmental change. These goals are why Stanford founded our department in 2007 and why our faculty now form the largest department in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences. 

People are our core - individuals who strive to be both excellent scientists and global citizens. We train new generations through our interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs. We share a renowned faculty, creative staff, and talented students and postdoctoral scholars. More than anything, we look forward to working with - and learning from - you.

Stanford University's program was voted the #1 Best Environmental Science Grad School in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.